BOZICH: Why Are Football Coaches So Paranoid About Injury Talk?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Joey Votto has played through knee pain for part of this major-league baseball season. Dwyane Wade needed surgery on his knee about 20 seconds after the end of the NBA season. Everybody knew both guys were hurt.
Peyton Siva, Kyle Kuric and several other University of Louisville players performed while injured last season – and everybody knew about that, too. Fans. Media. Opposing teams. EVERYBODY.
Ditto for Will Sheehey at Indiana and Terrence Jones at Kentucky.
When basketball and baseball players are injured, we know about it.
Coaches talk about it. Players discuss it. It's no big deal.
When football players are injured, mum's the word. Or else.
Lane Kiffin sprints away from press conferences as soon as somebody asks about an injury. Steve Kragthorpe would never say a word about injuries at Louisville. Chip Kelly doesn't want to be asked about them at Oregon. Mike Leach of Washington State actually said that writing about injuries is journalism at its worst.
There is a long list of football coaches who respond to questions about injuries with the silent treatment. Or worse.
What's the big deal? Why are football coaches so much more secretive and controlling than basketball coaches?
I've heard the stuff about football coaches being concerned that if the other team knows that a guy is hurt, then the opponent will make certain to hit the guy in the injured area. They believe that.
My immediate response to that is: Guys who think that way must be instructing their guys to go after injured guys, too, right?
So I'll throw it open for debate:
What's the big deal about secrecy and football injuries? And are you OK with coaches who refuse to talk about them?
Somebody please explain.
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